Holiday Cheer: Coloring in Progress

 Sleigh Ride coloring page from Thaneeya McArdle's Holiday Cheer Coloring Book

It's truly "Christmas in July" here in my studio! ❄️😊❄️

I just finished up all the B+W art for my upcoming Holiday Cheer Coloring Book, which is available for pre-order on Amazon and Book Depository. If you pre-order you'll get this book literally as soon as it's ready, which means you might even get it before I do! (It's been known to happen - I'll see my newest book pop up on social media while I'm still hopping around the house in anticipation waiting for my copies to arrive!) 😁

 Christmas Cottage coloring page from Thaneeya McArdle's Holiday Cheer Coloring Book

This is my 3rd Christmas-themed book, so it was fun to create a whole new set of images around this theme. But of course the most fun part is coloring everything in! The images in this post will appear as colored examples in my Holiday Cheer Coloring Book.

In the past I would usually color one image at a time, finishing each image before moving onto the next, but this time I wanted to experiment with my workflow by focusing on a different page each day until they're all done. That way when I return to an image I'll be seeing it with fresh eyes which might inspire me to take the coloring in a different direction than I originally envisioned.

So far I've colored the image at the top of this post ("Sleigh Ride") using all Copic Markers. I'm coloring the image above ("Christmas Cottage") using only Prismacolor colored pencils, which is time-consuming but I do love the vibrancy and smooth color transitions that can be achieved with Prismas!

 Santa riding a bicycle coloring page from Thaneeya McArdle's Holiday Cheer Coloring Book

I colored the background of "Santa Riding a Bicycle" (above) with a Prismacolor Premier Brush/Fine Art Marker (PM-42, to be exact). Although I normally use Copics, I also have 11 Prismacolor markers that I sometimes I reach for when my Copic colors don't seem quite right for the area I want to color. If you're not familiar with Prismacolor Premier Brush/FineArt Markers, they're similar to Copics but they're a bit more affordable. They're double-ended with a brush tip on one end and a fine point on the other end, and they're available in 196 colors. 

To color in the stars in the above pic, I used a yellow Sharpie highlighter.

 Cookies for Santa coloring page from Thaneeya McArdle's Holiday Cheer Coloring Book

I enjoyed designing this "Cookies for Santa" page! So far I'm coloring it in with Copic Sketch Markers. The glass of milk was a challenge to color (particularly the background as seen through the glass) but I'm pretty happy with how it looks, especially since it all came from my head and I didn't have a reference image to rely on to get the colors right. 😊

 Snowflake in Mittens coloring page from Thaneeya McArdle's Holiday Cheer Coloring Book

I'm coloring this "Snowflake in Mittens" coloring page with Copic Sketch Markers, Uni-Posca Paint Pens and Staedtler Triplus Finerliner Pens. I chose warm colors for the mittens to help offset the blueness of the snowflake. I'm enjoying adding extra details to the snowflake, hoping to really make it pop!

 Snowflake in Mittens coloring page from Thaneeya McArdle's Holiday Cheer Coloring Book

I colored the Santa below a few months ago for the cover but I thought I'd add it to this post anyway. I used Copic Sketch Markers, Sakura Decorese Glitter Gel Pens, and a white Posca Paint Pen. 

 Santa in Wreath coloring page from Thaneeya McArdle's Holiday Cheer Coloring Book

Thanks for taking a look at these pics from my upcoming Holiday Cheer Coloring Book! This book contains 40 pages, which is a bit more than most of my coloring books, so it'll be sure to keep ya busy during the holidays. I'll be posting more WIPs and colored images on my Facebook and Instagram over the coming months, so stay tuned for more sneak peeks!